My son went to his friends house a few weeks ago to watch football, and when I picked him up he came out holding a delicious jalapeno popper type appetizer (if I remember correctly, it was a jalapeno stuffed with cream cheese and the thing was wrapped in bacon). It was super yummy (Susan, if your reading this, nice job!) and my son loved them! I made a mental note to remember how much he liked them.
Fast forward to recently when he complained there was nothing to snack on, and that appetizer came to my mind (thanks for the idea Susan!). Since my son loves quesadillas and they are an easy snack to throw together, I started contemplating how I could incorporate the two. So, these quesadillas are what I came up with. I had some left over chicken so I decided to throw that in there too. These could be a snack, appetizer or meal.
My son loved them and I will admit that I thought they were really good as well. How you cut them and what you use them for (appetizer, snack or meal) will determine how many you make, so you may need to adjust quantities accordingly. Here's what I did:
Jalapeno Popper Quesadillas
1, 8oz block cream cheese, softened
3 small jalapenos, chopped
4 strips bacon, cooked
1 cup chicken, cooked & shredded or chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar
4 quesadillas (if you want this extra cheesy & extra filled then just use 4, but you could stretch this to 6)
Cook the bacon and set aside. While the bacon is cooking, in a small pan coated with olive oil, saute the jalapenos until softened, about 6-8 minutes. Add the jalapenos to the cream cheese and stir well to combine. Spread the cream cheese mixture on each quesadilla (all 4) until evenly distributed. Sprinkle half a cup of shredded cheddar on 2 quesadillas, then lay two strips of bacon over the cheese. Add 1/2 cup chicken to each of the 2 quesadillas, then place the tops on each.
Heat a medium size pan on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Gently place one quesadilla into the pan and cook until the cheese melts or it is golden brown, then gently flip it and cook for another couple of minutes. Remove from pan and cut in half, and then cut each half into three wedges (one quesadilla will cut into 6 wedges). Add the second quesadilla to the pan and cook the same way. Enjoy!